Jean-Éric Vergne

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Jean-Éric Vergne
Jean-Eric Vergne.JPG
Jean-Eric Vergne at the 2011 Nürburgring World Series by Renault round
Born (1990-04-25) 25 April 1990 (age 24)
Pontoise, France
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality  French
2014 team Toro Rosso-Renault[1]
2014 car # 25
Races 50 (50 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 40
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 2012 Australian Grand Prix
Last race 2014 Hungarian Grand Prix
2013 position 15th (13 pts)
Jean-Éric Vergne
Previous series
201011
2010
2010
200809
200809
2007
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
British Formula Three
GP3 Series
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Formula Renault 2.0 WEC
French FRenault Campus
Championship titles
2010
2008
2007
British Formula Three
French Formula Renault 2.0
French FRenault Campus

Jean-Éric Vergne (born 25 April 1990 in Pontoise, France) is a French racing driver who is currently competing in Formula One for Scuderia Toro Rosso. He won the British Formula Three Championship in 2010, and also won championships in Formula Renault.

Career[edit]

Karting[edit]

Vergne started competing in karting at age 4[2] at his dad's kart circuit near Paris.[3] He entered his first competition in 2000 and became French champion in the "kids" ("Minimes") category in 2001. Three years later, he became runner–up in the French Rotax Max championship.[2] In 2005, he finished as runner-up in the ICA class of the European Championship, behind James Calado,[4] with the highlight of his karting career coming the following year when he finished seventh in the premier KF1 World Championship, held at Angerville, another track near Paris.[5]

Formula Renault 1.6 & 2.0[edit]

In 2007, Vergne moved up to single-seater racing, joining the French Formula Renault Campus series which he won comfortably at the first attempt, taking ten podium places from thirteen races in the process. Vergne became a member of both the renowned Red Bull Junior Team and the French Automobile Sport Federation (FFSA), at the conclusion of the 2007 season.[6]

The following season, Vergne competed in both the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula Renault 2.0 West European Cup championships for SG Formula. He finished sixth in the Eurocup standings, taking nine points scoring positions in fourteen races, including a podium in the final race of the season at Barcelona.[7] In the West European Cup, he took fourth place in the championship, scoring three podium places.[8]

In both series, he finished as the highest placed rookie driver, and in addition, he also won the French Formula Renault 2.0 title, which was awarded to the best French driver in the West European Cup standings.[9]

For 2009, Vergne remained in both championships with SG Formula. He finished second behind Spain's Albert Costa in the Eurocup, and also finished second to Costa in the WEC.

Formula Three[edit]

2010 saw Vergne move to the British Formula Three Championship, competing for multiple champions Carlin.[10] He took 12 victories from the first 24 races, including a clean sweep of three victories at the Spa-Francorchamps round. This was enough to give him the title with six races remaining in the season. It was the third consecutive year that a driver from the Red Bull Junior Team had won the title with Carlin, following on from Jaime Alguersuari in 2008 and Daniel Ricciardo in 2009.[11]

During the season, Vergne also contested the two main non-championship Formula Three races, the Masters of Formula 3 at Zandvoort, where he finished just off the podium in fourth,[12] and the Macau Grand Prix where he finished in seventh position.[13] On both occasions he was also the highest placed finisher from the British series.

GP3 Series[edit]

In May 2010, Vergne was signed by Tech 1 Racing to contest the opening GP3 Series round in Barcelona.[14] He was replaced by countryman Jim Pla for the next round in Turkey as it clashed dates with the British Formula Three event at Hockenheim, but returned to the team for the following round in Valencia.[15] However, in early July it was announced that Daniel Juncadella would take Vergne's seat at the team for the remainder of the season.[16]

Formula Renault 3.5 Series[edit]

Vergne at the penultimate round of the 2011 Formula Renault 3.5 Series season, at Paul Ricard.

Along with his Formula Three campaign, Vergne had been due to compete in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series for SG Formula.[17] However, SG Formula pulled out a week before the first race, meaning that Vergne could concentrate on his Formula Three campaign.[18]

In July 2010, it was announced that Vergne would replace Brendon Hartley at Tech 1 Racing for the final three events of the season after Hartley was released by the Red Bull Junior Team.[19] Despite only taking part in those meetings, Vergne finished 8th in the championship with four podium places, including his first series win at Silverstone after original race winner Esteban Guerrieri was disqualified for a technical infringement.[20]

Vergne graduated to the series full-time in 2011, switching from Tech 1 Racing to Carlin.[21] After winning the second race at the Monza round in May, Vergne was given a time penalty and demoted to third place after he was adjudged to have cut a chicane in order to maintain the lead of the race.[22] However, after an appeal by his Carlin team, the Italian Motorsports Commission (CSAI) overturned the penalty and reinstated Vergne to the victory.[23]

Going into the final round of the season in Barcelona, Vergne trailed series leader and team–mate Robert Wickens by two points, having taken five race victories including a double win at the Hungaroring.[24] In the final race of the season, Wickens and Vergne collided on the opening lap, sending Wickens into retirement. Although Vergne was able to continue, he was later taken out of the race by Mofaz Racing's Fairuz Fauzy,[25] handing the title to Wickens by just nine points.

Formula One[edit]

Vergne during pre-season testing, for Toro Rosso, at Jerez in February 2012.

Vergne had his first outing in an Formula One car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July 2010, driving a Red Bull RB5.[26] In September 2010, it was announced that he would drive for Toro Rosso in the post-season young driver test to be held at the Yas Marina Circuit in November,[26] with the team later confirming that he would drive the Toro Rosso STR5 for both days of the test.[27] On the first day of the test he set the seventh fastest time with a lap of 1:42.489, completing 93 laps in the process.[28]

On the second day of the test, Vergne finished ninth fastest with a lap time of 1:40.974, just 0.030 seconds behind the Williams of new GP2 champion Pastor Maldonado. As well as suffering an engine-related issue which limited his running, he also had to leave the test early to travel to Macau for the end-of-season Formula Three race.[29]

In August 2011, during the Belgian Grand Prix weekend, it was confirmed that Vergne would participate in selected first practice sessions later in the season for Toro Rosso,[30] with the team later confirming that he would take part in three of the final four race weekends, beginning at the Korean Grand Prix. He did not take part in practice at the Indian Grand Prix to allow race drivers Jaime Alguersuari and Sébastien Buemi the maximum track time at the brand new circuit.[31] Vergne was eleventh fastest during free practice at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, less than 0.3 seconds off the pace of Alguersuari, who was in the other STR6.[32]

In November 2011, Vergne tested the title-winning Red Bull RB7 at the young driver test in Abu Dhabi, setting the fastest lap time on all three days.[33][34][35]

Toro Rosso (2012–present)[edit]

2012 season[edit]
Vergne driving for Toro Rosso at the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix.

On 14 December 2011, it was officially confirmed that Vergne would race for Toro Rosso in the 2012 season, alongside fellow Red Bull Junior Team member Daniel Ricciardo.[36] After qualifying and finishing in eleventh place at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, Vergne scored his first World Championship points at the following race in Malaysia by finishing eighth in a rain-affected race.[37] In the European Grand Prix he turned into the car of Heikki Kovalainen from outside of the racing line during an overtake attempt, damaging both cars severely and scattering enough debris on the track that the safety car had to be deployed. After the race the stewards found that the accident had been avoidable and that Vergne had caused the accident. He would receive a 10-position double-penalty to his qualification result at the British Grand Prix, along with a €25,000 fine.[38]

This also proved to be his first race retirement in Formula One as he had finished consistently at the previous seven races on the schedule. Vergne would not score points again until the Belgian Grand Prix, but scored again four races later, at the Korean Grand Prix and then finally at the season-ending race, the Brazilian Grand Prix. Vergne finished the season in 17th in the Drivers' Championship with 16 points, the total being accrued with four eighth place finishes. Despite not scoring points as frequently as Daniel Ricciardo, he finished the season ahead of Ricciardo.

2013 season[edit]

Vergne started the season with a twelfth place finish at the Australian Grand Prix, before taking his first point of the season with tenth place in Malaysia, despite contact with the Caterham of Charles Pic. Vergne did not score points again until the Monaco Grand Prix, where he finished the race in eighth place, matching the best result of his career. Vergne had the best qualifying of his career for the Canadian Grand Prix, when he qualified seventh on the grid, before going on to take a career best finish of sixth the following day, in the race. The rest of the season was a nightmare with a highest finish of 12th with three retirements, finishing the final race in 15th place and 15th in the standings with a total of 13 points while Daniel Ricciardo outshone him to earn 21 points.

2014 season[edit]

It was announced in 2013 that Vergne would drive again for Toro Rosso alongside rookie, 19 year old Daniil Kvyat in replacement for Ricciardo. Vergne qualified well in the season opener in Australia in sixth place beating champions Kimi Räikkönen, Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button and he finished the race just ahead of his teammate in ninth, however after Daniel Ricciardo was disqualified, he moved up to eighth place. In Malaysia he qualified ninth but did not finish the race after getting a poor start and colliding with the Marussia and Caterham while his rookie team-mate Kvyat finished tenth. Vergne then retired again in the following race in Bahrain. At the Chinese Grand Prix, Vergne qualified in ninth while Kvyat qualified 13th in the wet conditions. Vergne again had a poor start and finished in 12th place while Kvyat scored again in tenth place.

As the calendar moved to Europe for the Spanish Grand Prix, Vergne's luck did not improve. A wheel was not properly fitted in Friday practice ending his session early and earning him a 10 place grid penalty. As a result he started from 21st position, only ahead of Pastor Maldonado who crashed in Q1. Vergne got off to a decent start getting through the Marussias and Caterhams while pulling away from Maldonado, but he retired for the third time in five races due to technical problems. At the Austrian Grand Prix, Vergne retired for the fifth time in eight races, after finishing the previous race in Canada in eighth place. In the following race at Silverstone, Vergne was able to get in to Q3 for the 6th time, finishing the race in 10th. In Hungary, Vergne qualified eighth in changing conditions, but in the race he managed to get as high as second after pitting after a safety car; he held position in front of a battle which included Nico Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton. However after his second stop he dropped back to eventually finish in ninth place.

In August, Red Bull announced that Kyvat would be joined in the Toro Rosso team by Max Verstappen for 2015, leaving Vergne currently without a drive for next season.[39]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2007 Formula Campus Renault Formule Campus 13 6 5  ? 10 189 1st
2008 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup SG Formula 14 0 0 0 1 58 6th
Formula Renault 2.0 WEC 15 0 0 0 3 95 4th
2009 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup SG Formula 14 4 5 2 9 128 2nd
Formula Renault 2.0 WEC 14 3 2 0 10 143 2nd
2010 British Formula Three Championship Carlin 30 13 11 13 20 392 1st
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 1 0 N/A 4th
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 7th
GP3 Series Tech 1 Racing 4 0 0 0 0 9 17th
Formula Renault 3.5 Series 6 1 0 0 4 53 8th
2011 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Carlin 17 5 4 1 9 232 2nd
Formula One Scuderia Toro Rosso Test driver
2012 Formula One Scuderia Toro Rosso 20 0 0 0 0 16 17th
2013 Formula One Scuderia Toro Rosso 19 0 0 0 0 13 15th
2014 Formula One Scuderia Toro Rosso 11 0 0 0 0 11* 13th*

* Season in progress.

Complete GP3 Series results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 DC Points
2010 Tech 1 Racing ESP
FEA

5
ESP
SPR

21
TUR
FEA
TUR
SPR
VAL
FEA

4
VAL
SPR

17
GBR
FEA
GBR
SPR
GER
FEA
GER
SPR
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
BEL
FEA
BEL
SPR
ITA
FEA
ITA
SPR
17th 9

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos Points
2010 Tech 1 Racing ALC
1
ALC
2
SPA
1
SPA
2
MON
1
BRN
1
BRN
2
MAG
1
MAG
2
HUN
1
HUN
2
HOC
1

11
HOC
2

5
SIL
1

1
SIL
2

3
CAT
1

3
CAT
2

2
8th 53
2011 Carlin ALC
1

6
ALC
2

7
SPA
1

2
SPA
2

1
MNZ
1

2
MNZ
2

1
MON
1

12
NÜR
1

Ret
NÜR
2

4
HUN
1

1
HUN
2

1
SIL
1

12
SIL
2

4
LEC
1

1
LEC
2

3
CAT
1

2
CAT
2

Ret
2nd 232

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 WDC Points
2011 Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR6 Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 AUS MAL CHN TUR ESP MON CAN EUR GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN JPN KOR
TD
IND ABU
TD
BRA
TD
 –  –
2012 Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR7 Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 AUS
11
MAL
8
CHN
16
BHR
14
ESP
12
MON
12
CAN
15
EUR
Ret
GBR
14
GER
14
HUN
16
BEL
8
ITA
Ret
SIN
Ret
JPN
13
KOR
8
IND
15
ABU
12
USA
Ret
BRA
8
17th 16
2013 Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR8 Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 AUS
12
MAL
10
CHN
12
BHR
Ret
ESP
Ret
MON
8
CAN
6
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
HUN
12
BEL
12
ITA
Ret
SIN
14
KOR
18
JPN
12
IND
13
ABU
17
USA
16
BRA
15
15th 13
2014 Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR9 Renault Energy F1‑2014 1.6 V6 t AUS
8
MAL
Ret
BHR
Ret
CHN
12
ESP
Ret
MON
Ret
CAN
8
AUT
Ret
GBR
10
GER
13
HUN
9
BEL
ITA
SIN
JPN
RUS
USA
BRA
ABU
13th* 11*

Driver did not finish the Grand Prix, but was classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.
* Season in progress.

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kévin Estre
French Formula Renault Campus
Champion

2007
Succeeded by
Arthur Pic
(Formul'Academy)
Preceded by
Jules Bianchi
French Formula Renault 2.0
Champion

2008
Succeeded by
Nathanaël Berthon
Preceded by
Daniel Ricciardo
British Formula Three
Champion

2010
Succeeded by
Felipe Nasr